Dubai desert safari is one outdoor adventure without which a vacation in the pearl city of the UAE is incomplete. In fact, many visit the city just to experience the sheer pleasure of exploring the desert and indulge in adventurous activities. Many local tour companies offer desert safaris to tourists. They also offer a good variety for this outdoor adventure such as morning desert safari, evening desert safari, and overnight safari. How much you will enjoy the desert safari will depend on the types of inclusion in the safari package as well as the services provided by the tour company you’ve booked the safari package with. These tips will help you pick the right safari, wear the right outfit, and do the best things.
Choose the right safari
While you can enjoy safari throughout the day, it is highly recommended to go for an overnight safari. This safari starts in the evening and offers a chance to soak in the beauty of the magnificent sunset. Before experiencing this glorious sight, you will engage in a white-knuckle ride with dune bashing. Depending on the booking, the safari will also have the option of quad biking, and camel riding. If you want to have complete fun and adventure, chose them both. After the thrill and fun, you will get time to don traditional attire and click photographs with a falcon on your hand.
As the sun goes beyond the horizon, you will proceed to a camp and engage in fun activities such as henna tattooing, and sheesha smoking. If you prefer alcoholic drinks before the dinner, it is available for extra charges. After the dinner, the local artists would entertain you with traditional Tanoura dance along with sensuous belly dancing. Depending on the tour company, you will also be entertained with some magic shows.
When it’s time to retire for the day, you will tuck yourself in a Bedouin-style tent. The sheer pleasure of sleeping inside a comfortable tent with the stars shining in the sky and experiencing the nocturnal life of the desert is unmatched. We would also recommend you getting up early in the morning to witness the glory of the sunrise.
Enjoy the Sunset:
Being busy in daily life and due to the lack of an idle spot in our hometown, it’s is hard to witness the magic of sunset. Don’t miss this opportunity while on a overnight desert safari. The sunset view in the desert is something you won’t get to enjoy often. You will love staring at the sunset for long. You can also click some photographs with the sunset at the backdrop.
Make new friends
The desert safari is one good opportunity to make new friends. Since tour companies offer desert safari in a group the number of members in which could range between 30 to 40, you can have enough opportunity to make new friends. Don’t wait for someone to start the conversion and instead take an initiative and start conversing with anything simple like asking a question.
What to wear
While there is no rule on clothes to be worn on a desert safari, it is better to wear clothes that you’re comfortable in. Given the temperature in Dubai, it is a discreet decision to wear loose clothes made of pure cotton. Also, the color of the clothes should be bright. This will help absorb the sunlight and your skin to breathe.
Avoid fancy dress as it will spoil all the fun since you won’t be able to enjoy the desert adventure. A full-sleeved collared T-shirt and a pair of pants are good for both genders. You can also choose a jumpsuit that comes in a form of a top and trousers in one continuous piece if you’re a female. A skirt or short pants that cover the knees and shin and come with wide legs is also good for you. You can pair it with a top that covers your hands.
What not to wear
Biker shorts and vest: The sun is harsh even during the evening. So, wearing biker shorts would burn your skin. And the vest will make the temperature more unbearable.
Tight skinny jeans: Tight jeans sticking to your skin will prevent sweat from drying. This will cause redness and itchy skin. So better avoid it.
Tight boots: They are good on the plain road and to make a fashion statement. However, they are not suitable for deserts since you won’t be able to move freely on the sand. Due to the geographic condition of the desert, the most suitable wear is a pair of flats. You can even choose open shoes with no heels.
Jewelry: When you’re wearing a gold or silver medal on your body, the specks of sand are likely to get stuck into them due to their intricate design. Keep them at the hotel or in a safe locker before going for the desert safari.
What to take
While there won’t be any shortage of water at the camp, it’s wise to take a bottle of water since the temperature in Dubai can dehydrate you faster than you can imagine. With a water bottle in your hands, you can stay hydrated throughout the journey. Remember, the minimum time it takes to reach the desert from the city is 45 minutes. The time will also vary depending on how far or close the hotel accommodation is. That’s why to be prepared and don’t allow the fun to be spoiled by facing dehydration.
Sunglasses and Jacket
You already know how harmful the UV rays are to the eyes. To avoid any damage, cover your eyes with a pair of sunglasses that is UV protected. While you won’t feel the need for a jacket until the sun is in the sky, you will surely need one after the sunset since the temperature in the desert drops to a greater degree as the evening progresses and leads into the night.
The desert safari will definitely be one of the highlights of your UAE tour, provided you have booked it with the right tour company such as Rayna Tours. This local tour management company has decades of experience in the tourism industry and holds a quiet reputation among locals and international tourists.